EMERGE'S Calen Le Couteur recently sat down with Sunshine Coast musician Taylor Payne for a chat about music, art and dreaming about the Royal Albert Hall.
C: When did you first get into music?
T: When I was four I asked my parents if I could play piano, and it just spiralled from there. I discovered Michael Jackson and I watched him dancing and singing for hours. I never got to see him live unfortunately, but he is the biggest reason why I'm doing it.
C: You recently released your single "The Jungle Talks", could you tell me a little bit about that song, and how it came about?
T: It's about this place in my mind, it's like an imaginary place. If you've seen the film 'Avatar', the jungle in there lights up. It's like a place to get away I guess. So yeah, I heard this song and I loved the feeling that it was giving me so I thought I want to emulate that so I went on the piano and started doing these chords. It was the first time I'd taken control of my song writing, usually I let it flow.
C: Do you have any musical influences?
T: Apart from MJ, The Cure is a huge influence. I just recently saw them in July in Sydney. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, I wish I could see it again.
C: Any news on upcoming releases?
T: Yeah, I'm doing another music video next month. I'm not sure when we're actually releasing that song. Probably late December.
C: Do you have any upcoming gigs you can tell us about?
T: Yes, the most important one I think is on December 8 at the MET, that's probably going to be a huge one for me.
C: What is your dream venue to be able to perform at?
T: If I'm really going to dream, it would probably be the Royal Albert Hall.
C: If you only had three words to describe your music, which three words would you use?
T: Angular, playful and diverse.